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Is long term use of gabapentin for relief of peripheral neuropathy a good idea?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Gabapentin: In general, Gabapentin is well tolerated and used safely long term. But as with any other medications, it has potential side effects such as mood disturbances, dizziness, fatigue, leg swelling, low white cell count, low platelet count, and renal failure. In rats, pancreatic cancer is reported. It should be used with caution in chronic kidney disease and should not be stopped suddenly.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management 20 years experience
Yes: If it provides pain relief with no significant sode effects, Gabapentin is one of the safest medications we have. Doesnt affect liver, kidney, heart, or stomach.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 18 years experience
Very good choice: Gabapentin is a remarkably safe medication for neuropathic pain, even with long-term use.
Last updated Sep 28, 2019

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